Coordination and Leadership at the Centre of the Australian Public Service

  • Peter Hamburger


In an era of sustained reform that began in the mid-1970s, the internal structures, systems and culture in Australian federal government have moved away from direct central controls of administration exercised by strong public service institutions and towards a reliance on flexible coordination processes under strong political control. This chapter suggests reasons for the shift and for the form it has taken, outlines the network of coordinating mechanisms now existing and notes the limited institutional base for designing and supporting future significant reform to the public service. It indicates broad directions in which it might be prudent to consider further changes.


Corporate Governance Prime Minister Task Force Home Agency Central Agency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Hamburger
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  1. 1.Cabinet Division, Department of the Prime Minister and CabinetAustralian GovernmentCanberraAustralia

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